Tips for Recycling
All residents and commercial properties in Dakota County, including multifamily, must recycle a designated list of materials and all haulers serving Dakota County must accept these items.
Follow these rules to ensure your recycling gets recycled:
- Do not use plastic bags. Place recyclables loose in your recycling cart or in a paper bag.
- Empty and dry bottles, jars and containers. They don't have to be perfect — just free of most residue.
- Leave caps on containers.
- Empty and flatten boxes.
- Check the Recycling Guide if you are not sure about an item.
|Safe to Recycle||Examples:|
|Paper||Newspaper & inserts|
|Magazines & catalogs|
|Mail & office papers|
|Paperboard (such as cracker boxes)|
|Cartons||Milk & juice cartons|
|Soup, broth, and wine cartons|
|Metal Cans||Aluminum, tin, and steel cans|
|Glass Bottles & Jars|
|Plastic Bottles, Containers & Jugs||Containers numbered 1, 2, or 5|
|Soda, juice and water bottles|
|Milk and juice jugs|
|Margarine, cottage cheese, and other tubs and lids|
|Laundry detergent bottles and jugs|
|Clear berry and produce containers|
NOT SAFE: Do NOT place in curbside Recycling Bins
- Black plastic
- Ceramic dishware
- Clothing and textiles
- Household hazardous waste/hazardous waste
- Paper plates, cups, and napkins
- Pharmaceuticals and medicines/medical waste
- Plastic bags and film
- Metal cylinders (such as propane tanks)
- Scrap metal* (such as pots and pans)
- Shredded paper*
- Tanglers (such as chains, extension cords, hoses, string lights)
- Yard waste and Christmas trees
- All items banned from being placed in the trash or recycling in state or local law, including: electronics, major appliances, sharps (lancetts, needles, syringes), tires
*Scrap metal and shredded paper are allowed in carts and dumpsters only if delivered to the Tennis Sanitation recycling facility.